Lawyers representing fugitive businessman and former Kingfisher Airlines boss Vijay Mallya have told a Division Bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Hima Kohli in the Supreme Court that they are not willing to represent Mallya as “he is not responding and is not traceable”. They reported that he is not appearing in any court in India despite contempt proceedings.
The apex court was hearing Mallya’s plea against Karnataka High Court’s order, wherein his plea, to restore his appeal filed before the Debt Recovery Appellate Tribunal (DRAT), was dismissed. DRAT had asked Mallya to deposit a sum of Rs 3,101 crore within the prescribed time. His appeal was dismissed in this regard.
In July this year, the Supreme Court awarded a four-month sentence to fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya, accused in a bank loan default case of over Rs 9,000 crore involving his defunct Kingfisher Airlines, in a contempt case.
The court had also observed that Mallya should deposit back $40 million with interest within four weeks and if he fails to do so it would lead to the attachment of properties.